Reimagining Public Safety Core Leadership Team

In June 2020, City Manager Spencer Cronk created a multidisciplinary team to spearhead Austin’s Reimagining Public Safety (RPS) efforts. The Inaugural team was co-led by the Deputy City Manager (DCM) and the Assistant City Managers (ACM) for Public Safety and Health and Environment.

The RPS core leadership team takes a holistic approach to organize resources as part of the reimagining process. Leaders from departments across the City are collaborating on this effort including the Office of Police Oversight, the Equity Office, Intergovernmental Relations, Labor Relations, the Police Department, Public Health, Law, and others.

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Advisory Working Groups

The RPS team is creating Advisory Working Groups to collaboratively drive conversations on reimagining public safety. The groups will include representatives from advocacy, faith, union, business and public policy partners in the community. The groups will also work closely relevant boards and commissions, and City Council’s Public Safety Committee. The Core Leadership Team and Advisory Working Groups will focus on answering this question: What is a ‘reimagined’ public safety system in Austin and how do we get there?

City-Community RPS Task Force

The task force brought together City staff and community members to co-create a framework recommendations for policy, cultural and structural changes to Austin’s public safety systems.

Community Input

The RPS team also oversees the implementation of all RPS related community engagement to ensure all Austinites have on-going opportunities to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas on the reimagining process. Community engagement will be conducted on several virtual platforms in multiple languages.

Prioritizing transparency and accountability

The RPS team continues to work on fostering public trust in the reimagining process with new and strengthened transparency and accountability systems, which build on several initiatives already underway including:

• Building on the foundation of our Office of Police Oversight (OPO) by increasing its resources and authority.

• Launching the Community Police Review Commission to work with OPO.

• Creating a Civil Rights division, the first of its kind for Austin.

• Establishing a new Public Safety Committee to include additional focus on policing and public safety.

• Creating this website to track progress on all RPS related resolutions, reforms, and initiatives.


The Reimagining Process Timeline



City Council adopts additional resolutions to address disparities in policing among communities of color, use of force, and reimagine public safety budget priorities.

View public safety reforms in progress.

City Manager establishes the Reimagining Public Safety Core Leadership Team



City Manager outlines $11.3 million in proposed changes to the APD budget.

City Council receives and considers public feedback on proposed public safety changes.



City Council Approves $153.2 million APD budget change.

City-Community Reimagining Public Safety Task Force convenes.    



Reimagining Public Safety community engagement continues.

Learn more about all of the ways you can continue to share your input throughout the process



City Manager provides mid-year progress update on public safety reforms to City Council.

The City-Community RPS Task Force presents reform recommendations to the City Council.



Reimagined APD training begins with a pilot cadet class. The reimagined academy features community engagement programming, anti-racism training, a new course on the history of policing, and a shift to an adult learning environment.



Funding for RPS Initiatives outlined in City Manager’s FY 22 Proposed Budget, including the continuation of $27.2M in investments and an additional $1.9 million to advance some of the reform recommendations brought forward by the City-Community RPS Task Force.



City Council approves FY 22 budget including maintaining $27.2 million of RPS related funding approved in the FY 2021 budget, while providing an additional $9.3 million in one-time and ongoing funding for public safety reform recommendations brought forward by the RPS Task Force.